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Get Snappy 27: London

by Ellie Hopgood

This was a great week for photos. I think my photographs are getting better, because every week I have more and more I want to show you all, which is so great! It means that Get Snappy is working.

While I waited for my mum to meet me after work for some sushi on Wednesday, I did a full photoshoot of the statues outside St Paul’s in the good evening light. There’s a whole blog post coming on this little cluster of marble next week that is full of pictures, but I’ve also shared a few of my favourites below. I took a couple of the statue with the gold trident in January and, coming back six months later, I noticed how differently I approached photographing this same object the second time around. I’m more creative, more patient, more thoughtful and more thorough, which I have to put down to the hours I have spent taking, editing and reviewing photos this year.

There was also a beautiful sunset one evening, so Jake and I walked along the river in the warm summer breeze and I took a few photos. My camera battery was flashing red but it managed to hold on for enough time for me to take a few good snaps. Was it my incessant hissing of “you better not die on me” as I pressed the shutter that kept it going? Who can say?

The most notable photographic exploit of the week was London Pride. Now, I’m planning to write a whole blog on my thoughts on the ethics of photographing strangers, especially at a political event like Pride, but I think it’s worth sharing a few thoughts here too. When my photo from the Trump Protest went viral, it ended up being seen by over 600,000 people, and was shared widely enough that the subject of the photo (who had given me permission to take the picture) was told by his friends that they had seen a picture of him being shared on Twitter. At Pride, you never know whether someone is openly LGBTQ+ with their family, workplace or friends, so it’s important to get permission to take photographs that focus on an individual. For that reason, I tend to take photos of flags, groups or people from behind, and will always have got permission to take a portrait of someone I don’t know. I have a few gorgeous portraits down below of a man with an iconic headpiece, who gave me permission to photograph him, modeled for me and gave me his Instagram handle so I was able to send the photos over to him afterwards. It’s this kind of exchange that makes me feel good about taking photos; it feels like it’s about art and collaboration and respect, rather than exploitation.

Pride is obviously a glorious event to photograph, as it’s so vibrant! The parade was full of flags, bright colours, glitter, rainbows and other beautiful imagery. I am especially pleased with some of my flag photos. This was definitely the most challenging public event I’ve ever photographed, as there were so many people, it was tough to get to the front to actually see the parade and I was particularly concerned with respecting everyone there and not photographing someone’s face without permission. But it was a beautiful event, full of positive energy and acceptance, and I think I took some great photos. It was good to be out supporting the LGBTQ+ community, having fun and practising my protest photography while doing so.

Aside from actual pictures, I also made a portfolio this week! I love it. It’s linked from the blog under the ‘photography’ tab and the blog is linked on my portfolio too. I’d like to pitch some freelance photography jobs soon and a portfolio is an absolute must. I hope you like it!

Here are this week’s photos. Which one is your favourite?

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